Talk about a family reunion! Will Smith sat down with former co-star Janet Hubert and they were all smiles despite years of public feuding.
Smith, who found his breakout role in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” celebrated the 30th anniversary of the series on Thursday with photos teasing the sitcom’s upcoming HBO Max reunion special. In his post, he surprised fans with a grinning photo alongside the show’s original Aunt Viv, Hubert.
“Today is exactly 30 YEARS since The @FreshPrince of Bel-Air debuted! So we’re doin’ something for y’all… a for real Banks Family Reunion is comin’ soon to @HBOmax!” he shared on Instagram. He added “RIP James” in acknowledgement of James Avery, who played Uncle Phil and died in 2013.
The second photo in his post showed Smith and Hubert side by side. The former co-stars have clashed in the past, with Hubert memorably telling TMZ in 2011 Smith was “an egomaniac” who “has not grown up.”
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Hubert, who departed the show in 1993, elaborated on her exit in an interview with omg! Insider in May 2013, saying Smith did “some heinous, horrible things to me.”
“[Smith] said ‘we’re just gonna replace her and act like nothing happened,’” she said. “Well honey, that is not what happened, is it? The world has let me know that my place on that show was very, very, very loved.”
She said she felt “demonized and beaten up.”
In 2011 she told TMZ: “There will never be a reunion … as I will never do anything with an (expletive) like Will Smith. This constant reunion thing will never ever happen in my lifetime unless there is an apology, which he doesn’t know the word.”
HBO last month announced plans to reunite the cast for an unscripted special to mark the milestone anniversary.
Meanwhile, a drama reboot of the NBC sitcom is also in the works, announced Tuesday. It will be stream on Peacock and is bringing back many original stars, such as Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton), Tatyana Ali (Ashley), Karyn Parsons (Hilary), Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey), and DJ Jazzy Jeff (Jazz).
Smith, who will serve as an executive producer, said he would be flexible about his involvement with the new, hourlong show, although Peacock’s announcement said nothing about whether he would appear, nor did it provide an expected release date.
“I am excited and I am here to be as involved or as all the way out your way, as you guys need me to be,” he announced on his YouTube channel.
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Contributing: Erin Jensen